The “It Happened To Me” column for the December 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS featured several stories of life-or-death self-defense, including two stories where homeowners happened upon burglaries in progress on their properties.

The first account featured a farm who, after hearing strange noises from his shed, confronted a machete-wielding criminal intent on making his escape.

“As I opened the shed door, I noticed a man standing at the opposite end. I entered and yelled, ‘Hey, what are you doing in here?’ He turned and looked really surprised, and I could see that he was ransacking the place. I told him he needed to get out and leave, but at that moment he grabbed a machete that was next to him and moved toward me,” said the author. “Fearing for my life, I pulled out my pistol and said, ‘One more step and you die!’ The intruder kept moving at me, and in the blink of an eye I fired.”

Another “IHTM” story recounted the experience of a security professional who, upon returning home, interrupted a dangerous burglar.

“With my gun drawn, I went to the front door and pushed on it. The door was locked, so I pulled out my keys and unlocked the door. I then entered my house and started to look around. I began to walk around the ground floor and came upon a guy burglarizing my house. He looked at me, and we both realized I was blocking his way out. He reached under his shirt with his hand and I saw the flash of what appeared to be a gun,” said the author. “I pointed my Glock at him and fired. I really wasn’t sure how many shots I fired after I pulled the trigger, but the next thing I knew I was at my neighbor’s house pounding on the door.”

To read the full article, check out the December 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, available on newsstands September 16, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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